Learning the guitar E string notes will make your life as a guitar player far easier.
It’s foundational knowledge that you need to then learn the rest of the fretboard and and start building a chord vocabulary. Because if you don’t know the guitar fretboard notes, you’ll be at a significant disadvantage when compared to the musicians who do and you’ll have a developmental handicap when moving onto more difficult and dynamic guitar playing.
Yes, it’s boring. But if you don’t learn it now, you’re going to have a harder time learning the more interesting things, moving forward. However, I can show you a few techniques that will shorten the amount of time that you have to spend on it and get you through the memorization process a lot quick.
And the tactic is to simply start with the low A and E string notes.
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Start With the Low A and E String Notes
So, why the A and E string notes?
Because those two strings are often going to be where your root note will fall, which is how you’ll tell what chord, scale and key you’re playing in.
That’s not to say they can’t fall on other strings, but a grasp of the fretboard starts with an understanding of the notes on the sixth and fifth strings.
Moreover, learning the E string notes means you’ve learned the notes for two strings.
If you’ve learned the sixth and fifth string, you’re halfway there.
Keep in mind that the sixth string and the first string are both tuned to E. Therefore, the notes on those two strings will be the same.
If you’ve learned the sixth and fifth strings, you’re halfway there.
You can then use octaves to identify notes on the fourth and third strings. But we’ll delve into that more later.
For now, let’s focus on the A and E string notes.
Standard tuning is assumed.